Take a Walk on the Wildlife side...at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.


The refuge is designated an Important Bird Area by
the National Audubon Society. More than 300 avian species
use the refuge as a migratory stopover, and more than 

80 species have nested here.
More than 1.7 million of us live within 10 miles of this 1000 acre preserve that sits beneath bridges spanning two states -- in the shadow of highways carrying millions to work and home everyday -- and within eyesight of one of the busiest International Airports in the country.

Yet the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a thriving 
sanctuary teeming with fish, wildlife, and plants native to the Delaware Estuary. 


From sunrise to sunset you can hike, bike and explore on your own or take one of their fun weekend guided tours including Bird Watching, Plant Walks, Photo-tours and more.  

In fact here are a few photos to whet your appetite for a true 'May Day" celebration...


There are eight turtle, three snake, and eight frog 
and toad species known to inhabit the refuge.
Green is the color of Spring, but the marsh-loving turtle on the right is really taking it to heart.  
Perhaps being this good at 'blending in' is why his ancestors date back 157 million years. So he's not going anywhere soon. Of course, turtles don't go anywhere fast ;)


This somewhat bedraggled fellow is a marsh rice rat,
a semiaquatic North American rodent species
It's also home to many mammal species, including the cute little guy on the left. 

This could be the last place in the entire state where you'll find him.


LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
215-365-3118 office
Click here for John Heinz Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Website
Hours: Trails are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, free of charge. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Closes during severe weather events.